World at War (Part I)
Portrayal of the steps that led up to Pearl Harbor and total mobilization of World War II.
Run time 25:35Producer U.S. Office of War InformationSponsor N/AAudio/Visual Sd, B&W
A feature length motion picture presenting step-by-step the events which led up to Pearl Harbor and total war. History, filmed as it happened, shows the massacre of Ethiopia, the invasion of Austria and Czechoslovakia, the blitz of Poland, the tragic fall of France. Material was taken from secret government archives.
July 4, 2008
Given the time for which this film was produced, it is a superb documentary of the events leading up to our involvement to the second world war. As Frank Capra had also done, this film lets the documented facts speak for themselves, a brilliantly simple. propaganda technique.
February 7, 2008
April 25, 2005
Very well put together history of the events leading up to the war using mostly news archives from the US, and as well from other news organizations. This has a lot of footage you've seen before, (aka the taking over of Germany, Pearl Harbor) and some you havent (Whoa! I never knew the Nazi Party had a rally in NYC, In Madison Square Garden no less!!) so some of it is quite fascinating. The first half is better than the second half, which is, excuse the term, a bit pedestrian. And there's some rather spotty editing, not too sure if it's splices or what, but some scenes are badly put together. But still, amazing footage!